A federal judge ordered the military to stop enforcing the "don't ask, don't tell" law that has been used to discharge gay service members, putting at least a temporary halt to the 17-year-old policy.
Tuesday's order by U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips in Riverside, Calif., applies across the U.S. and would halt proceedings against service members suspected of violating the policy, which aims to bar openly gay people from the military.
The order poses a dilemma for the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in Congress. They want to undo the 1993 law, but Senate Republicans blocked an effort last month to vote on a repeal.
The administration now must decide whether to appeal Judge Phillips's ruling, which establishes by judicial fiat the result Democrats were seeking through legislative action. The Justice Department is generally obligated to defend laws passed by Congress, and an appeal is likely.
Under normal circumstances, we'd probably be banging on the judge for overreach in dictating military policy that is reserved for Congress and the executive branch but considering what we covered in our previous post, let's all give ourselves the day off and enjoy a nice lazy schadenfreude Wednesday.
Does Team O appeal this decision (DADT is currently under review at the Pentagon) and risk further alienating his lefty base that is already disappointed that he hasn't acted more forcefully on same-sex marriage and DADT?
Patience, people, patience. As the President himself said, "It took time to free the slaves".
But November 2nd is just around the corner.